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Hall of Famers

Tony Canadeo - Class of 1974
Halfback (1941-44, 1946-52)

Tony Canadeo slipped into Green Bay like a spirit, a fitting entrance for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound halfback who in his college days was known as the "Gray Ghost of Gonzaga" because of his prematurely graying hair.

Drafted in the ninth round of the 1941 draft, Canadeo wasn't a highly touted prospect, but he overcame his modest beginnings to become one of the greatest all-around players in Packers history, and one of only four players to have his number officially retired by the team.

A versatile performer, Canadeo was more than just a talented runner. He was also an accomplished passer, punter and return man. And he played defense, making 9 interceptions over his career.

When Canadeo first came to Green Bay, Cecil Isbell and Clarke Hinkle were the team's leading passer and rusher, respectively. But in 1942, Canadeo passed for 310 yards in a reserve role and by 1943 he was the team's rushing and passing leader, tallying 489 yards on the ground for three touchdowns while throwing for 875 yards and nine touchdowns.

Also that 1943 season, Canadeo caught three passes for two more scores and averaged 11.6 yards per punt return and 24.2 yards per kickoff return.

In 1944, the Packers won a championship, but Canadeo played only three games that season and missed all of the 1945 campaign while serving in World War II.

When Canadeo returned in 1946, he shifted into a role as the Packers' top ball carrier. It suited him well and for the next four seasons, Canadeo led the Packers' ground attack.

In 1949, Canadeo ran for 1,052 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry to become the third NFL player and first Packers player to reach the 1,000-yard mark.

In 1950, Billy Grimes helped share the running load, but Canadeo rushed for four touchdowns for the third straight season and continued his excellence on special teams, averaging 13.6 yards per punt return and 25.7 yards per kickoff return.

Canadeo retired following the 1952 season with 4,971 career rushing yards on 1,025 attempts -- a 4.2 average. He also passed for 1,642 yards and made 69 receptions for 579 yards.

The Packers' all-time leading rusher at the time of his retirement, more than 50 years later only Jim Taylor, Ahman Green and John Brockington, respectively, are ahead of Canadeo in team annals.

Anthony Robert Canadeo, born May 5, 1919, in Chicago, died Nov. 29, 2003, at the age of 84. Following his death, the Packers honored Canadeo the rest of that season by wearing a sticker on the back of their helmets that featured his number 3 inside a black football.

Canadeo's 3 was retired by the Packers in 1952, one season after Don Hutson's 14 became the team's first officially retired number.

Interestingly, in 1961, kicker Ben Agajanian, who played only three games with the Packers, was assigned Canadeo's number by mistake. It hasn't been worn since.

Canadeo's Career Stats courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau:

RushingReceiving
YearGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTD
1941 (GB) 9 43 137 3.2 3 0 0 -- 0
1942 (GB) 11 89 272 3.1 3 3 10 6.6 0
1943 (GB) 10 94 489 5.2 3 3 31 10.3 2
1944 (GB) 3 31 149 4.8 0 1 12 12.0 0
1946 (GB) 11 122 476 3.9 0 2 25 12.5 0
1947 (GB) 12 103 464 4.5 2 0 0 -- 0
1948 (GB) 12 123 589 4.8 4 9 81 9.0 0
1949 (GB) 12 208 1,052 5.1 4 3 -2 -0.7 0
1950 (GB) 12 93 247 2.7 4 10 54 5.4 0
1951 (GB) 12 54 131 2.4 1 22 226 10.3 2
1952 (GB) 12 65 191 2.9 2 9 86 9.6 1
Totals 116 1,025 4,197 4.1 26 69 579 8.4 5

Passing
YearAttComp%YdsYPATDINTRating
1941 (GB) 16 4 25.0 54 3.38 2 0 80.7
1942 (GB) 59 24 40.7 310 5.25 3 4 46.6
1943 (GB) 129 56 43.4 875 6.78 9 12 51.0
1944 (GB) 20 9 45.0 89 4.45 0 0 58.1
1946 (GB) 27 7 25.9 189 7.00 1 3 29.0
1947 (GB) 8 3 37.5 101 12.63 1 1 85.4
1948 (GB) 8 2 25.0 24 3.00 0 0 39.6
1949 (GB) 0 0 -- 0 -- 0 0 --
1950 (GB) 0 0 -- 0 -- 0 0 --
1951 (GB) 0 0 -- 0 -- 0 0 --
1952 (GB) 1 0 0.0 0 0.00 0 0 39.6
Totals 268 105 39.2 1,642 6.13 16 20 49.1

Punt ReturnsKickoff Returns
YearRetYdsAvgTDRetYdsAvgTD
1941 (GB) 4 26 6.5 0 4 110 27.5 0
1942 (GB) 7 76 10.9 0 6 137 22.8 0
1943 (GB) 8 93 11.6 0 10 242 24.2 0
1944 (GB) 1 4 4.0 0 1 12 12.0 0
1946 (GB) 6 76 12.7 0 6 163 27.2 0
1947 (GB) 10 111 11.1 0 15 312 20.8 0
1948 (GB) 4 55 13.8 0 9 166 18.4 0
1949 (GB) 0 0 -- 0 2 20 10.0 0
1950 (GB) 5 68 13.6 0 16 411 25.7 0
1951 (GB) 0 0 -- 0 4 101 25.3 0
1952 (GB) 1 4 4.0 0 2 62 31.0 0
Totals 46 513 11.2 0 75 1,736 23.1 0

PuntingMiscellaneous
YearPuntsYdsAvgFumIntTot. TD
1941 (GB) 10 405 40.5 0 2 3
1942 (GB) 18 645 35.8 0 1 3
1943 (GB) 3 102 34.0 0 2 5
1944 (GB) 13 479 36.8 0 0 0
1946 (GB) 0 0 -- 3 1 0
1947 (GB) 0 0 -- 0 0 2
1948 (GB) 1 38 38.0 5 3 4
1949 (GB) 0 0 -- 6 0 4
1950 (GB) 0 0 -- 4 0 4
1951 (GB) 0 0 -- 2 0 3
1952 (GB) 0 0 -- 4 0 3
Totals 45 1,669 37.1 24 9 31